Here Comes Build 2018

Posted on May 7, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Paul with 8 Comments

Here Comes Build 2018

Microsoft is hosting its Build 2018 developer conference this week in Seattle. And of course, is in town.

It’s going to be a busy couple of days. Indeed, Brad, Rafael, and I already had a busy couple of days: We recorded what I believe will be one of our most iconic videos yet over the weekend. But here’s what you can look forward to in the short term.

Build keynotes

Microsoft is providing lengthy keynote addresses on both Monday (at least three hours) and Tuesday (two hours), and you can watch both of them live here. Each keynote begins at 8:30 am PT/11:30 am ET.

Monday’s keynote focuses on the cloud, while Tuesday’s focuses on Microsoft 365, meaning Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. So from the perspective of and our readers, Tuesday is the far more interesting of the two. That said, you can expect some big news stories and commentaries today, too. And we’ll cover all of the relevant new information as needed.

Windows Weekly

Mary Jo Foley and I are recording Windows Weekly live from Build again, but because of the logistics of the show, we don’t have a stage or open venue for others to join us, sorry. But if you want to watch it live online, you can do so at today (Monday) at 3:00 pm PT/5:00 ET (not our normal day/time).


Mary Jo and I are also hosting a meet-up on Tuesday evening, and everyone is invited. It’s being held at the Pine Box Bar on Capitol Hill from 6:00 to 8:00 PT. See you there!

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Here Comes Build 2018”

  1. Stooks

    Microsoft has truly become the next IBM. Nothing at this conference will be consumer facing.

    There is nothing wrong with that, but I know lots of consumers that watch the Apple or even the Google events because there are things that consumers will see that are coming and because of this they get all the hype/press from these events.

    If you are in IT and support Microsoft Products then this will possibly be interesting. If you do not use Azure and are still a On-Prem shop with your Microsoft products....I doubt any of this will make you happy.

    • Michael Miller

      In reply to Stooks:

      Agree, and I like your comparison to IBM. Indeed, Apple and Google are much more individual consumer oriented—which is where, I think, most of our interests lie.

    • curtisspendlove

      In reply to Stooks:

      Yes, Apple, in fact tailors their introductory keynotes to consumers / press. And hold an additional “State of the Union” developer keynote in the afternoon of the WWDC kickoff.

      I’m honestly a little sad to see this lineup, I was hoping to see them continue the showmanship of the early surface reveal keynotes. And talk up developers using Windows still.

      Might be some of that, but my interest has waned.

      • MikeGalos

        In reply to curtisspendlove:

        Exactly right on the comparison with Apple keynotes. Build is a conference for developers and architects. Apple keynotes (largely including the WWDC one) are press events designed to get reporters to produce ads disguised as articles on consumer retail products.

  2. Bats

    Wow...I got alot to watch on Tuesday, for both Build and Google IO.

    To be honest, I'm looking forward to the latter, because what Google comes out with is more fun and useful.

  3. MikeGalos

    Build has been focusing on strategic and corporate technologies in the Day 1 keynote and consumer technologies in the Day 2 keynote for years.

    Remember that Build is a conference for developers and architects and they need the Day 1 content the most since those are the topics that require more days to learn and require years to plan and architect.

  4. Michael Miller

    I wonder how Paul et al will enjoy covering the “new IBM”

  5. JCerna

    See you @ pine box tomorrow.